and came home with the next phase of treatment plan. Mayo doctor feels the encephalopathy (from the shingles) has improved as much as it will. (It's generally the first 7 weeks that you see the most significant improvement.) The Cushing's can take up to 3 years to "cure". My next taper of prednisone (I'm at 10 mg) is down 1 mg every 2 weeks & then I stop at 5 mg for 3 months. After that, (depending how I tolerate this one), will be 1/2 mg every 3 months until I can discontinue the stuff. There is a concern that my adrenal gland will not kick in & do it's job because of the long term prednisone. After the d/c of the medication there may be other issues to deal with....I asked Mayo doctor to wait on that information. I see him again in 3 months. It seems that the encephalopathy & Cushing's are the final diagnosis's & I'm okay with that. Now we need a plan to get on with life. Mayo doctor would like to see more PT & Occupational Therapist (OT) ordered. A dietician was in yesterday to help set up a "prednisone" diet. Who knew there was a prednisone diet? It includes high amounts of protein & low sodium. Mayo doctor told me I'm going to being asked to be the "poster woman" for the chicken pox & shingles vaccines! I'm going to be a star, ladies. :queen: Who knew that the varicella zoster herpes virus (HHV3) could get so very debilitating & deadly?